No evidence in developer’s death found in lake

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Divers who searched a lake found no evidence in the death of a Topeka developer.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/UmmDGT ) reports that the underwater search of Lake Shawnee was tied to the investigation into 39-year-old Corey M. Brown’s death. But Topeka police said Tuesday that divers from Douglas County only found junk. Police aren’t discussing what authorities were seeking.

Forty-year-old Monroe Eugene Lockhart III is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his friend and business partner. Lockhart also faces a felony arson charge in Shawnee County. Lockhart already was serving a nearly 10-year sentence for a home invasion when he was charged in Brown’s death.

Bond in the murder case has been set at $1 million. Lockhart’s attorney isn’t commenting.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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